Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ‘Art’ Lens Review: How does the world’s fastest full-frame zoom perform? (UPDATED: Price & Availability)


posted Monday, July 13, 2015 at 5:09 PM EDT


We've been salivating over the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM "A" since its announcement a month ago. Fortunately, Sigma gave us a chance -- albeit a brief one -- to get our hands on one of the new lenses and run it through our SLRgear test lab!

This new zoom is the world's first constant-aperture f/2.0 zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs, which basically means you get three sharp f/2.0 primes -- 24mm, 28mm and 35mm -- in a single lens. Sigma is, once again, offering a unique lens that the major manufacturers simply do not offer!

So, the big question is: How does it stack up?

Very, very well.

We've been thoroughly impressed with Sigma's lens performance of late, including their Otus-level 50mm f/1.4 lens and groundbreaking 18-35mm f/1.8 (on which this lens is based). Sigma's newest addition of the 24-35mm f/2 Art does not disappoint. The lens offers excellent sharpness, solid build quality and the inherent convenience of a zoom.

For all the details, though, including analysis of image quality characteristics on both full-frame and APS-C cameras, as well as handling observations and autofocus performance, head over to SLRgear for our Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art review!

Canon 1Ds Mark III: 35mm, f/2, 1/640, ISO 100

The lens will be offered for Canon, Nikon and Sigma lens mounts, though it's compatible with Sigma's mount-swapping service should the need arise. It also works with Sigma's USB Dock configuration tool. At the time of this review, availability and price have not been released. The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art will be available starting in late July for a suggested retail price of $999. Check out B&H or Adorama (Canon, Nikon) for more info on pre-ordering and to sign up for availability notifications. Buying this lens, or any other item, at one of these trusted affiliates helps to support the site and keep the reviews coming!

In the meantime, check out some sample photos shot by lens technician Rob Murray on our Canon 1Ds Mark III test camera. You can view more sample photos, plus download the full-resolution files, over at our Flickr page.

Canon 1Ds Mark III: 35mm, f/2, 1/1000, ISO 200, +0.3EV
Canon 1Ds Mark III: 24mm, f/10, 1/100, ISO 200, +0.6EV

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art review • 

Canon 1Ds Mark III: 35mm, f/2, 1/640, ISO 100